Occupy Edmonton to Defy Tuesday Eviction Deadline

Occupy Edmonton protesters decided in a general meeting Monday evening that they will not vacate the park they occupy on Jasper Avenue by the 10 A.M deadline on Tuesday. Melcor, who owns the property, asked the protesters to vacate, giving them a deadline to leave but not a reason why they wished them to do so. President/CEO Ralph Young also declined to provide exact details of steps his company might take if the protesters remain past the deadline.

Protest organizer Chelsea Taylor maintains that the group has kept the park tidy and hasn’t been a nuisance. She and others believe that they should be allowed to remain and don’t view their determination to stay as an escalation. Young maintains that Melcor has worked with both the Occupiers and police to accommodate the protest but that they would prefer Occupy Edmonton to move on.

Portrait of an Occupation

The Occupy Edmonton camp site is neat and well-organized with tents for sleeping, first aid and those for supporters to drop off supplies. So far they have received food, bedding, warm clothing, coffee and water. They number about 60 campers overnight, but the group swells with additional volunteers during the day.

The park, which if not for the decorative fence surrounding it, could just as easily be taken for an abandoned lot, is located on the corner of Jasper Avenue and 102nd Street — right next to a Wok Box and across from a Tim Horton’s. Homeless have routinely made use of the space for overnight accommodations in the past, and its location on the busy intersection allows the Occupy protesters a visible platform to call attention to their cause.

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Surrounded by placards and signs that members and volunteers take turns holding up for the passing vehicle and foot traffic to see, the protesters have been in possession of the park since Saturday afternoon, following a rally in Churchill Square and a street march that drew upwards of 1,000 people. The site and the protest is a work in progress, and so far, an impressive display of heart and conviction.

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I took part in Saturday’s rally and march, and if you haven’t yet, but have the opportunity, I urge you to do so. If you have, share your stories or just let us know what you think of the Occupy movement.

 

Photo by Ann Bibby

41 comments

Brian P.
Brian Pike4 years ago

It's extremely difficult to change Canada with those obstinate socialist blockheads entrenched in Canada's government. Look what it took to defeat their horrific bloodbath slaughter of harp seals and other environment destroying operations which has no benefit to Canada and have wrecked Canada's reputation worldwide..For the harp seals, even confronted with US, South American and european wide bans, and with boycotts costing them almost a billion dollars next to the zero profits and international condemnation from the bloodbath, the immoral, sadistic and corrupt "ministers" of Canada still wouldn't compromise.

Doreen Agostino
Past Member 4 years ago

Re electoral reform - getting money out of poli-tricks. Disclosure about everything that serves few at the expense of many is accelerating.

Did you ever question CAPITALIZATION of your name on legal documents? I perceive it is the same in the USA as in Canada. Driver's license, income tax return, credit cards. This thread sparked me to do some research, [thank you] which led to the link below.

Before you click on the link MEMORANDUM OF LAW ON THE NAME, take a few deep breaths and exhale slowly, focus in your heart, and KNOW that the time is short for extreme deception, economic manipulation, poli-tricks and the like to close. No one knows how or when. The more we stay in our hearts, the higher our vibratory energy, which will magnetize higher vibratory solutions, and spiritual justice with most ease and grace. We can no longer afford to cycle deeper and deeper into same old.

http://famguardian.org/Subjects/LawAndGovt/Articles/MemLawOnTheName.htm#4.__The_Legalities_of_All-Capital-Letters_Names_

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

I think the first step towards preventing this is electoral reform, we need to get the money out of politics.

http://www.getmoneyout.com

Doreen Agostino
Past Member 4 years ago

The government takes away human rights, when people allow the government to take them away. Planet Earth is nearing the tipping point. We now face our own extinction and fear is no longer an option.

Courage is required, for each of us to find our voice, and peacefully unite with others willing to speak up for improvements that restore harmony, for the greater good of Earth and people.

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

Since when is it a Democratic government's job to take away human rights?

Diana P.
Diana P.4 years ago

noted

Marjaana V.
marjaana v.4 years ago

jasper ave makes me think it's in alberta...

i really don't see what this do to advance their cause, by staying in a privately owned park, they're just annoying one company.

after all, it is those corporations that are running the show, like it or not.

need to think of something else....

Emanuel v.
Emanuel v.4 years ago

Keep occupying as best you can, but stay in control. Don't give the Elite any excuse for introducing police or army intervention , because that is what they are wanting in the first place. Don't be surprised if the whole set up is being organised by the Illuminati to give them an excuse to introduce draconian rule and deprive everyone of their legitime rights. Keep in mind that ultimately they want to kill 90 % of the population, they don't care what methods they use to succeed in their U N depopulation agenda 21

Bonnie B.
Bonnie B.4 years ago

We're having the same problem in San Diego. I was so impressed with how the SD OWS kept the Occupy site so organized, neat and clean....until the police made them take everything down. Two were arrested for resisting. Now the heat is on and it's like the Mayor is having the police chase them out of everywhere. They are, of course, still allowed to assemble and even sleep in the public space, but no tents or aid stations. So, like NYC we have a campaign going to get people to call and/or email the Mayor and the City Council to tell them to let the OWS be!

If you would like to participate in these efforts you can go here: http://obrag.org/?p=47519

Marco, I will send that message to Ralph Young!

Lynn C.
Lynn C.4 years ago

PS Had to say a special thank you to Brian M. This is the most important thing we can do. Stand on nonviolence and people will continue to support and help. The 1% would LOVE to have this disintegrate into a street brawl. Makes it easy to dismiss us as a rag-tag mob. Remember Gandhi!